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From Shay Mandel <>
Subject RE: how to test the website scalability
Date Thu, 20 Sep 2001 09:27:30 GMT
LoadRunner is the top-of-the-line in Mercury's load testing tools. But they
have smaller packages, much cheaper, like Astra Load Test.

If you need a one-time load testing effort, they can do it for you, which
will save you time and effort on finding and configuring enough machines to
run a real load test.
This service is called Active Test.
The website is:


-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Webber []
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 6:57 AM
Subject: Re: how to test the website scalability

Mercury Interactive LoadRunner is probably the most comprehensive tool, but
there are others.  Radview ( has a tool called webload, that
does a fairly good job of this as well.
Depends on what kind of load test you require as well.  If you just want to
simulate a couple hudred virtual clients, you don't need much hardware on
the load generation side of the network.  On the other hand, if you want
many thousand users, you might want to hire the test performed by one of the
companies listed, as they should have hardware capable of generating load.
You'll also need to figure out exactly what you want to test.  Do you want
to test the performance of the web server or the entire application and
database layers as well?  What kind of response time threshholds are
acceptable?  What kind of results do you need to get?  Do you need averages?
Do you need min/max response times?  Do you need server resource utilization
statistics, such as memory, CPU, system calls, other resources?
There's a ton of things you need to consider when doing one of these tests,
and just a little of the benefit of my somewhat limited experience.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bryan Lipscy" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 9:10 PM
Subject: RE: how to test the website scalability

> Mercury Interactive's LoadRunner is probably one of the best on the
> Just a bit on the pricey side.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Huaxin []
> Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2000 7:09 PM
> To:
> Subject: how to test the website scalability
> This is quite general to all website development.
> When the website is completed, how can I test its
> scalability by faking a lot of URL request for it
> from various IPs concurrently? is there kind of such
> tools for that?
> thanks a lot!

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